Friday 16 September 1.00pm
York Chamber Music Festival: Event 1
£10.00 (under 18 free)
Venue: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate
Tim Lowe cello and Alasdair Beatson piano
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major Op. 102 No. 1
Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959) Three Pieces from ‘Jewish Life’
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.6
Tim Lowe and Alasdair Beatson open the 2022 festival with three classic works from the cello repertoire. Tim’s playing has been described as ‘… probing, virtuosic and yielding by turns’ and he is joined by the wonderful Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson - ‘Artistry incarnate’ The Times.
In 1815 frail, ill and profoundly deaf Beethoven dug deeply into his innermost soul and found a renewed creative energy, imagining strange new music, transcendent and of such beauty that perhaps only a broken-hearted person might write. This sonata was the harbinger of his so called ‘late period’.
Bloch's musical style does not fit easily into any of the usual categories. Many of his works draw heavily on his Jewish heritage. Ernest said that to write music expressing his Jewish identity was, "… the only way in which I can produce music of vitality and significance". These three beautiful Pieces from Jewish Life are typical of Bloch’s music.
Richard Strauss loved the expressive sound of the cello. At the age of seventeen, during the winter of 1882-1883, Richard almost completely re-wrote his original attempt at a cello sonata, keeping only the introductory Allegro con brio. In the new version he fills his youthful Cello Sonata with passionate, vibrant sounds that foreshadows his opera Elektra.
So in this recital we have mature Beethoven, terse and pared down to essentials, contrasting with the opulence and joie de vivre of the young Strauss pre-figuring a composing career that would span nearly eighty years!
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